Eric James: Field Ready Co-founder/Executive Director & Adjunct Lecturer at DePaul University’s Program on Refugee & Forced Migration Studies

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Inspiration for the Business? Two things. First, I’ve always had a passion for helping people, especially in the mostdifficult situations. Second, there is a lot of frustration with fundamental things not working as they should for people in the field. Take basic supply chains. When there is a disaster, people suffer because simple things aren’t available. Improvements andefficiencies to supply chains have been made in a number of areas, but what is needed was a bigger transformation and that’s what Field Ready is doing.

Career Advice? Everything flows from the fundaments and in that there are no shortcuts. Distinction can come from taking the right risks and working harder than others.